Post-Match: Parkinson on Bolton's Defeat at West Ham

  • September 19, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson thinks Bolton's players can hold their heads high, despite crashing out of the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 defeat at West Ham United.

Goals from Angelo Ogbonna, Diafra Sakho and Arthur Masuaku condemned Wanderers to a fifth successive defeat without scoring, setting a new club record in the process.

Speaking after the game, however, Parkinson thought the margin of the loss wasn't reflected in the overall performance, which he believes improved after a 'terrible' opening half-hour.

"We got off to a terrible start," Parkinson told Tower FM. "We gave away a cheap foul and a free-header in the middle of our goal.

"We were up against some real talented players and, for a while, we found it tough. But I've got to credit the lads for the honesty they showed.

"I thought we were miles better in the second-half. We were a bit shell-shocked by that goal early on.

"We had one or two out there who were a bit undercooked in playing time and looked it.

"We did loads better in the second-half and I credit the lads for that. They worked their socks off and we're going to have to look at the lads now before deciding what we're going to do at the weekend.

"Mark Little had a slight problem so we didn't play him and (Jem) Karacan was on four bookings so we left him out.

"We need to pick a bit of freshness in the team at the weekend because that was a tough 90 minutes against a good side."

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